Thursday, January 15, 2009

A Tale of Two Gardens (GBBD, Part Two)

In Part One of my Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day post, I said that I might be accused of Egregious Garden Gloating when I published this second in my GBBD series. I wanted a complete list for my own reference ... even I was surprised by the number of plants still blooming. It's not necessarily due to the extraordinary skills of the Head Gardener, but more to the vagaries of Mother Nature. Also bear in mind, before you read the list below, that more than a few of these are just barely blooming, or are one light freeze away from being toast!
  • Salvias: S. coccinea 'Forest Fire', S. blepharophylla, S. miniata, S. madrensis, S. farinacea, 'Indigo Spires', S. coccinea 'Coral Nymph', S. elegans 'Peach Sage'
  • Roses: La Marne, Reve D'Or, Perle D'Or, Old Blush, Hermosa, Martha Gonzales, Mutabilis, Madame Antoine Mari, Madame Alfred Carriere, Caldwell Pink, Marie Pavie', Mrs. B. R. Cant white sport, Gartendirektor Otto Linne, Highway 290 Pink Buttons, Aloha
  • Summer/fall annuals: Profusion Apricot zinnias, scattered Cut & Come Again zinnias, Tithonia (Mexican torch flower), Rudbeckia hirta, Bright Lights Cosmos, Purple Angelonia, Pentas, Serenity Mix Verbenas, Moss Pink Verbenas, Castor Bean Plant 'Carmencita'
  • Winter/spring annuals: Alyssum, Toadflax (Linaria maroccana), Bluebonnet (! 1 plant !), Nasturtiums (reseeded from those Amy gave me last year), Violas (Helen Mount, Psychedelic Spring, Pandora's Box, a purple/orange one that just tickles me no end, some Sorbet series and one Blue Velour), Morpho Blue Pansies, Dianthus, Indian Paintbrush, purple Scaevola (fan flower/handflower)
  • Cupheas: C. ignea 'David Verity', C. macropetala, Cuphea 'Bunny Ears' or 'Hummingbird'
  • Blue Butterfly Bush (Clerodendron ugandense), Clerodendron vine (red & lavender)
  • Red Pinecone Shrimp plants, pink & yellow Fruit Cocktail Shrimp plants
  • Blooming shrubs: Winter blooming honeysuckle (Lonicera fragrantissima), Coral Woody Penta (Rondeletia), Duranta, Purple Iochroma, Red Firespike (Odontonema), 'Marilyn's Choice' Abutilon, Peruvian Pavonia, Sweet Almond Verbena, Red Bauhinia (B. galpinii), Persian Vitex, Red Cestrum, Neon Flash Spirea, Bridal Wreath Spirea
  • Perennials/Hardy Annuals: Butterfly weed, Copper Canyon Daisy (Tagetes lemonii), Firecracker Fern (Russelia), Purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea), Engelmann's Daisy, Spiderwort, Australian violet, Pink skullcap, Dianthera candicans, Blue Mistflower (Eupatorium), Osteospermum, Stokesia, Shooting Star Lily (Anthericum), Pigeonberry (Rivinia humilis), Fernleaf Lavender, Purple Skullcap, Tilo, Pyramid Bush (Melochia tomentosa), Sundrops (Calylophus)
  • Vines: Yellow Butterfly vine (Mascagna), Pandora Vine/Bower Vine, LITTLE MAMA! Angel Wing Jasmine
Yes, it's quite a list. Other than the unseasonably cold weather in December, complete with miniscule snow flurries, we've had only a couple of light freezes this winter. While more than a few plants show damage to their foliage, very few have freeze damage beyond the tips of branches and stems. I keep waiting for the other shoe to drop ... I'm worried that this could be the year we have a mega ice storm in February. I still have vivid memories of the damage to trees at our previous home when such a storm hit the greater Houston area in February of 1994. All we can do is watch and wait. All that's left for you to do as far as this post goes is to take a look at some of the blooming beauties on my corner of Katy, as pictured below. (I realized only after doing the collage that the captions weren't exactly legible.)



8 comments:

Kathy said...

You seem to have a bit of every season in my garden condensed into one month in yours! Violas in May, roses in June, milkweed in July, rudbeckias in August. It's amazing how different things are down there!

Carol said...

Even if there is just one bloom of some of those plants, that's a lot. Can I do some egregious garden envying?

Thanks for the posts for bloom day!
Carol, May Dreams Gardens

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

What a great variety of things blooming in your garden. I'm just crazy about the Morpho Viola, but your Roses are the show stoppers. Wow!

Birdwoman said...

Very impressive list and a lovely collage to illustrate it. My garden is brown and asleep but I am green with envy of yours.

EAL said...

Wow. That is really all I can say.

Bob said...

It's beautiful. And the pictures are terrific, too.

Gail said...

Cindy,

You get all the goodies from gardening in the Houston area but all the headaches, too. We complain about humidity, but I do believe yours might be worse! Aside from that...Cindy, your flowers are wonderful! Thank you for sharing them.

Gail

Annie in Austin said...

Wow! Your blue butterfly is blooming? We are in different zones for sure... I'm hoping my bare sticks have some life at their base.

Happy GBBD, Cindy -just a few days late.

Annie at the Transplantable Rose